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An opioid is a chemical that works by binding to opioid receptors, which are found principally in the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract. The receptors in these two organ systems mediate both the beneficial effects and the side effects of opioids.
Extended suboxone treatment substantially improves outcomes for opioid-addicted young adults

Extended suboxone treatment substantially improves outcomes for opioid-addicted young adults

Teva granted FDA approval for Fentanyl transdermal system

Teva granted FDA approval for Fentanyl transdermal system

Over 10 million Americans are taking opioids

Over 10 million Americans are taking opioids

Watson Pharmaceuticals announces limited recall of Fentanyl transdermal patches

Watson Pharmaceuticals announces limited recall of Fentanyl transdermal patches

Methadone shows promise against leukemia

Methadone shows promise against leukemia

How best to treat chronic pain? The jury is still out

How best to treat chronic pain? The jury is still out

Big differences in depressed brains

Big differences in depressed brains

FDA approves Relistor for opioid-induced constipation - helps reduce effects of drugs like morphine on bowel function

FDA approves Relistor for opioid-induced constipation - helps reduce effects of drugs like morphine on bowel function

Oral methadone dosing for chronic pain: practitioner's guide

Oral methadone dosing for chronic pain: practitioner's guide

Abuse of prescription medications linked to drug abuse among college students

Abuse of prescription medications linked to drug abuse among college students

FDA approves Aloxi injection for prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting

FDA approves Aloxi injection for prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting

Minorities less likely to receive pain-relieving opioid drugs in ER

Minorities less likely to receive pain-relieving opioid drugs in ER

Use of opioid medications for pain in ERs on the rise, but racial differences in use still exist

Use of opioid medications for pain in ERs on the rise, but racial differences in use still exist

Blacks, Hispanics less likely to get strong pain drugs in emergency rooms

Blacks, Hispanics less likely to get strong pain drugs in emergency rooms

Pain treatment in the field: Good for soldiers' comfort and better for rebuilding troop strength

Pain treatment in the field: Good for soldiers' comfort and better for rebuilding troop strength

Morphine for cancer pain relief

Morphine for cancer pain relief

New non-addictive pain-killers

New non-addictive pain-killers

Anesthesia pouch allows children to go home sooner after surgery

Anesthesia pouch allows children to go home sooner after surgery

Medicaid pays for one-third of drug abuse hospitalizations

Medicaid pays for one-third of drug abuse hospitalizations

Acupuncture before and during surgery reduces the need for powerful painkillers

Acupuncture before and during surgery reduces the need for powerful painkillers